He married Anna Dieter on 10 December 1805 at the Schwarzwald Reformed Church in Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania; they were cousins. He served in the War of 1812, as referenced by the Department of Veterans Affairs burial marker. He was a Whig and member of the Universalist Church. His death year of 1850 is confirmed with a death notice in the Reading Adler newspaper issue of 12 November 1850.
Isaac is mentioned in his father's will. A partial part of that will follows that includes Isaac's name.
Will of George Ritter. In the Name of God, Amen. I Georg Ritter from Exeter Township, Berks County in the State of Pennsilvania am at present weak in Body but thank be to God of a good Memory. I consider the imbecillity of my Body well knowing that it is appointed Men once to die, therefore I make this as my last Will and Testament, as follows, to wit:
I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Maria Elisabetha all my Land, House, Dwelling and other Buildings, which I have and pofsefs in Exeter Township Berks County, during her natural Life or so long as she remains my Widow, to receive the profit and revenues of it to do with it at her own pleasure.
Item, give I and bequeath to my Son Isaac Ritter, his Heirs, Afsignees, Executors or Administrators, all my Land, Houfses (houses) and other Buildings, which I have in Exeter Township Berks County, to have to keep it and to do with it so as it pleases him, but under this Condition, that he not can property take pofsefsion of it, till after the Death of my Wife, his Mother. For which he during Six Months after the Death of his said Mother shall pay into the Hands of my Executors the Sum of Seven hundred Pound and afterwards yearly the Sum of Three hundred and fifty Pound, all in current money. Which Money every time by my said Executors to my other Children his Brothers and Sisters to wit, Johannes, Jacob, Henrich, Christian, Abraham, Barbara and Maria directly shall be divided, till each of them has according to my Will what it shall have or till a Sum of Two thousand and fifty Pound is paid.
For the rest name, impower and appoint I my well beloved Son in Law Christian Hechler and my esteemed Friend Adam Young my Executors of this my last Will and
Testament and make with this all Wills and Testaments void and null, but declare this and no other as my last Will and Testament. In testimony there of have I signed it with my own hand and put my seal to it, the first March in the Year of Christ One thousand eight hundred and eight. 1808. George Ritter X his mark
Another source of information for Isaac is "The History of Berks County", although this source contains mistakes. In addition, the little booklet, "Ritterana" was used as a source.
Disclaimer: Some family historians believe that Isaac's father was Ferdinand Ritter, but this researcher can find no proof of this through local records of that time. The SAR record posted here as a photo on Isaac's memorial should be taken with a grain of salt. There is a DAR Record A096324 that would dispute that information.
In German: Aum Andenken an Isaac Ritter. Er. Wurde Geboren den 19th September 1782 und Verherathete sich mit Anna geborne Dieder [Dieter] Lebte in der Ehe mit ihr ohngefahr 18 Yahren Zugten 3 sonne u. 6 Tobhter 1st gestorben den 6ten November [should be 1850] War Alt Worden 68 Yahre, 1 Mon. u. 17 Tage
Transcription: In rememberance of Isaac Ritter. He was born the 19th of September 1782 and married Anna who was born Dieder. They were married about 18 years and had 3 sons and 6 daughters. He died the 6th of November [year was in dirt]. Aged 68 years, 1 month and 17 days.
Anna Dieter Ritter
1785–1824 (m. 1805)